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Historical Black College Tour Fundraiser Breakfast for Tucson Unified Students

Date issued: January 14, 2019

Tucson Unified School District (TUSD) and the Educational Enrichment Foundation (EEF) are proud to announce the Historical Black College Tour Benefit Breakfast at Armory Park Center, 7:30 a.m. Friday, January 18, 2019. Armory Park Center is located at 220 S. 5th Avenue Tucson AZ 85701.

Since 1990, Tucson Unified School District has offered a Historical Black College Tour. The goal of the Tour is to expose students to Historical Black Colleges and Universities, campus life and the value of attending an institution of higher learning, as well as the opportunity to visit historically significant landmarks. The program is open to all TUSD students, with target communities from minority, first generation, or marginalized groups. Each student is responsible for their own expenses, but thanks to the Educational Enrichments Foundation, students can receive support with some of the trip costs, including airfare, meals and activities.

TUSD students will have the chance to learn about college admissions, ask questions first-hand while, developing self-reliance and development skills and see other students like themselves, attending these colleges and succeeding, setting a precedence in their mind of what they can accomplish.  Whereas, other students who were not considering attending college have become interested in receiving a post-secondary education because of their participation in the program. 

Jimmy Hart, Director of African American Student Services, shared "the tour is an opportunity for students to learn about college options beyond Tucson and experience the rich culture of our country.  The more students know about college options, the better prepared they will be to select, enroll and complete college."

Adrian Jackson, a Cholla High School student who attended the Historical Black College & University Tour had this to say, "During my sophomore year in high school, I made the decision that college was not for me.  However, I decided to attend the Historical Black College & Cultural Tour that spring.  My eyes were opened to a world that I did not realize existed.  I saw young men (brothers) like myself, doing their thing!  At that point, I realized that I wanted to attend a Historical Black College and University (HBCU).  I am currently attending Central Arizona College, completing my first semester and I plan to attend Central Arizona for two years and then transfer to Morehouse (HBCU) in Atlanta."

Jeff Sawyer, TUSD Behavioral Specialist, African American Student Services says, "We are so proud to offer this opportunity for our students to experience Colleges and Universities beyond Tucson Unified.  It is very rewarding to have our students make life-changing educational goals because of the HBCU Tour."

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